Oct 08 2015

NYT on TPP: Too Secret for Critics to Have a Right to Complain About

Yep, Lucy yanked the ball away from Charlie Brown this time, too.

The New York Times subtly sneered at TPP critics for opposing a document that they haven’t been allowed to see yet.

Oct 06 2015

‘Massive’ Media Hype for TPP

TPP countries with and without current trade agreements with the US. Source: International Monetary Fund

It is amazing how the elite media can be dragged along by their noses into accepting that the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) can have a big impact on trade and growth.

Aug 19 2015

Loss of Manufacturing Jobs Isn’t ‘Tectonic’–It’s a Policy Choice

Factory workers

Wall Street executive Steve Rattner had a column (8/14/15) in the New York Times in which he derided Donald Trump’s economics by minimizing the impact of trade on the labor market.

Jul 02 2015

NPR Ombud Responds on ‘All-Corporate Lobbyist’ Alert

Report not as one-sided as FAIR claimed, Jensen said--but opposition voice would have strengthened it

Obama signing Fast Track (Photo SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Elizabeth Jensen talked to Neal Carruth, a senior editor on NPR’s business desk, who said that had the piece by Yuki Noguchi been longer, it “could have devoted more space to the opposition’s views regarding the business community’s win.” But, he said, “the piece did not ignore the opposition.”

Jun 27 2015

ACTION ALERT: NPR Celebrates Fast-Track Victory With an All-Corporate Lobbyist Segment

Anti-fast track protest (photo: Public Citizen)

Three corporate lobbyists were all the voices National Public Radio chose to air on the victory of fast-track–ignoring the literally thousands of labor, environmental and other public interest groups that strenuously opposed giving Obama special authority to negotiate trade deals.

Jun 19 2015

Kevin Zeese on Fast Track Activism, Wenonah Hauter on Fracking Study

Stop the TPP (photo: John Zangas)

It hasn’t been probing media coverage that’s roughened the road for the corporate power grab known as the Trans-Pacific Partnership; public interest activism is the missing piece in much top-down media coverage. Plus: To hear media tell it, the EPA found that fracking doesn’t pose any widespread harm to drinking water. Is that really what the science said?

Jun 18 2015

David Brooks Declares War on ‘Democratic Tea Party’–Unarmed With Facts

GDP growth in US and Mexico since NAFTA

The New York Times pundit pulled out all the stops, using his column to yell at “Tea Party” Democrats for not supporting the fast-track authority that would facilitate passage of the TPP.

Jun 16 2015

Scapegoating Labor for Fast Track’s Defeat

Anti-TPP rally, New Zealand (cc photo: Neil Ballantyne/Wikimedia)

Virtually every organized Democratic constituency made it clear that defeating fast track was a top priority. Yet all these movements tended to drop out of establishment media accounts of the fast track fight, leaving labor as the lone opponent.